The Last Straw! A Board Game on the Social Determinants of Health©

By Scot Evans – November 10, 2008
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The Last Straw! A Board Game on the Social Determinants of Health©, Developed by Kate Rossiter and Kate Reeve.The Last Straw! is a fun and exciting teaching tool on the social determinants of health. The game has three objectives: 

  • to promote discussion about the social determinants of health;
  • to help players build empathy with marginalized people and gain an awareness of players' own social location;
  • to encourage learning in a fun and supportive environment.

In keeping with current research on the social determinants of health, socioeconomic status is a primary determinant of health in this game, as are race, gender, sexual orientation and other factors. Feedback consistently demonstrates that players gain a better understanding of the social determinants of health and the interplay between forces at individual and community levels. Both players and facilitators ("Game Masters") report having a great time playing the game. Includes a training manual and video to help Game Masters get the most out of the game.



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Scot Evans

Assistant Professor, Educational and Psychological StudiesUniversity of Miami

Dr. Evans joined the EPS faculty at the University of Miami in August, 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Community Research and Action at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 2005. He has a…


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